Brittany Murphy, Gone So Soon
By: Toni Tucker
Remember, Only What You Do For Christ Will Last!
We are all stunned by the recent passing of Hollywood's 32 year old Brittany Murphy. The twitter pages are filled with young people wondering what happened, why it happened, and just baffled that it happened. And all the speculation that ensues, could she have died from drug addiction, anorexia, bulimia, or from some other disease or cause? The coroner so far, says she appears to have died from natural causes.
People are shocked. She was only 32 years old and seemed to have her entire life in front of her. I just saw an interview with her several days ago on the red carpet for the Tt clothing collection which donates prosthetics to families in need. The reporter asked her what her plans were for 2010. Brittany replied, "I want to have a baby." She looked happy and mature as she spoke of her wishes for the future.
Her role in "Illegally Blonde" with Oscar Award winning actress Reese Witherspoon, won her many fans from all ethnicity's and walks of life. Her endearing repeated chanted line, "Hanging with the Hommies" won over many young African American fans and others and put her on the map as a refreshing, down to earth, bubbly up and coming actress. She starred with Ashton Kutcher in "Getting Married" I laughed at the movie and I also saw the 'arrested development' in their new marriage in that light hearted comedy. I slightly remember her performance in "Girl Interrupted" where she befriended Angelina Jolie. I do remember her in her highly acclaimed role in "8 Mile" with rapper Eminem. I remember her as the embattled nanny in "Uptown Girl" co-starring Dakota Fanning.
By all accounts, Brittany was portrayed as a ray of sunshine in some of her earlier roles, and she exhibited a dark side in some of her later works. Remember, "Don't Say A Word" and her crazy line that freaked everyone out, "I'm not going to tell?" She brought texture, dimension and intrigue to most of her later characters to a large extent. Not too long ago, all of the media were predicting that the other more famous Britney would be the one to leave us all to soon. You know her, Britney Spears. The drugs, the men, short-term marriages, the shaving of her head, crazy tattoos, etc. Her first comeback was a major disaster, people ridiculed her slight weight gain, and her infamous lip-singing. But thank God, she is still with us. Britney Spears has an awesome chance. A chance to really get to know who Jesus is on this side of life.
Although 2009 has had it's share of seemingly untimely Hollywood losses, Heath Ledger, Farah Fawcett, Ed McMahon, and The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, along with a slue of others. I just thought about all the loss I have faced in my family in the past six years and the pain of missing them. My grandparents, mother, aunt, cousin. But one thing I do have that gives me peace beyond all reason, is that they all knew Jesus as Lord and Savior. I remember that the one year I lived in Detroit at the age of six and how Jesus showed himself to me by appearing to me. Yes, I see him from time to time. It is super-natural that's all I can say. It's a fleeting, sometimes lingering vision of his face, sometimes his profile, sometimes his entire body, and the love that is true love in his eyes. Jesus is real people, not a fairy-tail. He's not just a prophet who lived a good life and example, He's not just a way to God. He is the Only Way! His blood was shed that we might have joy on Earth and eternal joy in heaven.
Remember, Brittany accomplished some significant things on this planet in her short life in Hollywood that has touched millions. That accounts for all the websites now inundated with love for the most part, in her memory. But, there was a song I was taught years ago back in Detroit in the choir and the name of it was, "Remember, Only What You Do For Christ Will Last!" I can hear it now replaying over and over in my head and in my spirit. Although your hearts might be heavy and saddened by an unexpected loss of a young talented and sparkling actress, who touched you in some way, and tears may well up from your hearts and stream down your face; Remember, while you are yet, living, and have goals and plans in this life, only what you do for Christ will last!
May God be with Brittany's husband, Simon Monjack, her loving mother, Sharon, and all of her family and friends. And may the millions she touched come to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. He will give you real Peace like no other and carry you through this difficult time. He will wash away your tears, heal your broken heart, and fill the emptiness inside. Jesus will hold you close and hold you tight. He and only he can relieve your grief and give you rest and assured promise for a brighter day, and most importantly, eternal life.
Addendum: Brittany's late husband, British screenwriter Simon Monjack, was found dead May 23, 2010 on a Sunday night in the couple's former Hollywood home, by the same person who found Brittany dead, her mother Sharon. Police spokesman Sgt. Louie Lozano said the preliminary cause of death was natural causes.